Monday, August 13, 2007

Wamala trial set to begin next week; witness tampering alleged

A former Lowell, Mass., math teacher is scheduled to stand trial next week on charges that he raped three women, a prosecutor said Friday....

Wamala, his lawyers and prosecutors met Friday with Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge William Groff and agreed to go to trial immediately after picking a jury Aug. 20, Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia LaFrance said....

Prosecutors filed another motion Friday, accusing Wamala of trying to improperly influence witnesses in the case, LaFrance said. LaFrance refused to discuss details of the motion or allegations, but said the motion was titled, "State’s motion to admit evidence of defendant’s attempts to tamper with witnesses."

It’s not clear whether prosecutors believe Wamala tried to contact the alleged victims or other witnesses in the case.

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